The editors’ premise is that the lives of "a wide range" (p. 8) of prominent psychotherapists should illuminate the field. Even conceding the value of the wisdom of exemplars, one questions the editors’ method. They claim to have recruited "stellar and internationally renowned therapists" of "the second half of the 20th century" (p. 7), but their selection is skewed. Most of the 16 alphabetically presented participants (nine men, six psychiatrists, six psychoanalysts, mainly Boston-connected, and one apparently the father of one of the editors) have decidedly psychodynamic backgrounds. Are they luminaries? I recognized about half the names. None is an empiricist, and most mention psychotherapy outcome research only naively and dismissively. Aaron Beck, presumably an important innovator, does not even make the index; nor do many others. Most cited, after authorial self-reference, is Freud. The reader never learns the rationale for selection, or how many therapists were approached but declined to participate.